+30 22470 31205

Skala, Patmos 85500

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SKALA , PATMOS 85500 +30 22470 31205

Tour Overview

B02 Essence of Icons

This tour takes us right to the heart of spiritual art giving us a deeper  understanding Of the icons beauty, harmony and symbolism.
Our tour departs by coach from the port Of Skala taking us to the Old village  of Chora, the islands capital, which stands high on the hilltop with a  panoramic view over the island.
Firstly we visit the tiny Convent of Zoodochos Pigi built in 1607. On one side of the cobbled courtyard is the chapel where we discover an array of recently  restored 17th century frescoes along With a beautiful carved icon wall. On the other side is a small gift shop where one can purchase handicrafts made by the nuns.

From the convent we walk through the winding cobbled streets of Chora to  the 11th century Monastery of St. John the Theologian. The main church is  steeped with icons and frescoes dating as far back as the 12th century, along with an impressive gilded icon wall.  What sets this tour apart is the rare opportunity to visit the Monastery’s icon restoration studio, where we see meticulous skilled work in progress and learn  about restoration techniques.

We then visit the monastery’s museum which contains endless Byzantine  treasures including documents dating from as early as the early 6th century  and a wonderful collection of icons by many famous painters including an early El Greco. After this memorable tour, you Will embark the coach for the short ride back to the port.

From To Element & Description Details & Remarks Duration
00:00 00:10 Depart for Chora Transfer by motor coach 00:10
00:10 00:20 Walk to Zoodochos Pigi Guided walk 00:10
00:20 00:40 Visit of Zoodochos Pigi Guided Walk 00:20
00:40 00:55 Walk to the Monastery Guided Walk 00:15
00:55 02:10 Visit of the Monastery Guided Visit 01:15
02:10 02:40 Visit of the Icon Restoration studio Guided visit 00:30
02:40 02:50 Return to the port Transfer by motor Coach 00:10

Key Highlights

Monastery Of St. John incl, museum

Convent Of Zoodochos Pigi

Icon Restoration studio


Duration: approx. 3 hours

Category: Religious, Educational, Historical

Available languages: English, Dutch, German, Swedish, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Greek

Activity Difficulty Level: moderate


Some walking

Uphill, cobblestone pathways

Partial accessibility for the disabled

Information Sights

Opening hours Monastery: Daily 08:00-13:30 & Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday 16:00-18:00 Zoodochos Pigi: Daily 09:00-13:30 Icon Restoration studio upon request

Entrances: Monastery € 5 pp. Zoodochos Pigi museum € 3 pp, Icon Restoration studio € 6 pp

Dress code: shoulders and knees covered

Restroom facilities available

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